About the Job

Are you a recent Year 12 graduate who wants to develop your skills before pursuing study, or take the time to think about your career direction? Or have you been thinking about a job in the Air Force but aren’t sure it’s right for you? Maybe you just want a break from your current job to travel and challenge yourself?

The Air Force Gap Year program provides young Australians who meet general entry requirements an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Air Force training and lifestyle for young men and women, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

Working in Gap Year Airbase Protection and Security (known in the Air Force as Airbase Protection), you will contribute to the Permanent Air Force security forces, providing increased security and supporting Ground Defence operations. You will undertake vehicle control point, observation post, reaction force, and vehicle and foot patrolling duties. To enable these tasks to be performed, you will train with members of the Security Forces (SECFOR) in legal powers, negotiating skills, self-defence measures, use of a variety of weapons, and tactical skills used for patrolling and reacting to security threats. You will need to have a high commitment to physical fitness and the ability to deal with members of the public.

The employment of Airbase Protection and Security personnel enables the Air Force to meet its primary objective of keeping Australia's air defence and strike capabilities operational.

This role is similar to Airfield Defence Guard however the main difference is that you will primarily patrol within the base perimeter. 

You will be supported throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance necessary for you to achieve your goals. This will begin at the No. 1 Recruit Training Unit at RAAF Base Wagga, where you’ll be enlisted in the Airbase Protection and Security mustering as a trainee. Upon successful completion of recruit training you will be regraded to Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman and will undertake security forces training at the Security and Fire School at RAAF Base Amberley, followed by airfield security duties for approximately 6 months any of the major air bases to consolidate their training.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 24/05/2019

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances - which are detailed below - plus superannuation at a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

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You may be posted to any Air Force Defence Establishment. This includes the major Air Force operational air bases including RAAF Base Amberley or Townsville in QLD, RAAF Base Darwin or Tindal in NT, RAAF Base Williamtown or Richmond in NSW, RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA and RAAF Base Pearce in WA.

You will spend the majority of your working time outdoors, in all weather conditions by both day and night. You may be exposed to excessive noise, extreme temperatures and the handling of hazardous material.



You must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 31 March 2020.

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education. Additionally you must have Year 10 passes in English and Maths.

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

The Air Force Gap Year program is a fully sponsored program of up to 12 months service. After successful completion of this program, you may have further opportunities within the ADF as a reserve or permanent member depending on capability requirements and available vacancies, or you can choose to leave the ADF.

Failure Management/Termination of Contracts

You can terminate your contract at any stage during the program with 21 days notice. Should you fail to complete military or employment training, options for further service and training will all be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional Requirements

You must hold, at minimum, a valid provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence prior to enlistment into the ADF. It is desirable that you be free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the Air Force Gap Year program.

More information on citizenship requirements is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

The Recruit Course for Air Force Gap Year Airbase Protection and Security is approximately an 11 week course at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, you will proceed to the RAAF Security and Fire School RAAF Base Amberley for the second phase of training (IET). This training is approximately a 10 week course.

IET includes the following key areas with lessons and training taking place in the classroom, in the field and in domestic and operational areas of an airbase.

  • Security administration, policy and procedures
  • Airfield safety
  • Security patrolling
  • Communications
  • Operational safety, including defensive tactics skills
  • Control of entry to ADF establishments and restricted areas
  • Weapon handling
  • Combat skills
  • Initial action at crime scenes
  • Management of security incidents
  • Emergency response procedures

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET you will undertake airfield security duties in the Airbase Protection and Security mustering for approximately 6 months at any of the major operation air bases to consolidate your training.